A victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final and the last ticket for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, what could Ireland ask for more? With only one time penalty for over time in Darragh Kenny’s (Balou du Reventon) course, Ireland showed to CSIO Barcelona’s public all its talent by completing an amazing and almost perfect final. Paul O’Shea (Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu) and Cian O’Connor (PSG Final) finished with clear rounds, and the four penalties of Peter Moloney (Chianti’s Champion) were not added to the total scored as only the three best performances are counted.
This is how Ireland won its first Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final and stole the last pass for the Olympic Games to Italy and Colombia.
Right up to the last second it was an unexpected victory, as the Belgium team was leading the competition without any penalties, it seemed the red devils were about to repeat their victory. But this was before Gregory Whatelet’s horse, Mjt Nevados S refused the second last obstacle and lost the victory. At this moment the Irish joy exploded on the grand stands of the whole Real Club de Polo de Barcelona as they knew they became the new winners.